People often perceive me as dumb or slow, how do I change this?

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No matter what I do or say, I always seem to get labeled or thought as this. It really bothers me. Where as now I hear it so much I sometimes question myself if I'm actually dumb.

I mean, even my little sister today mentioned she had made up 3 characters in a story with my sisters and I. My oldest sister was known as the hungry one.. because she likes to eat haha. and my littlest sister was the Smart one, and then I she stuttered was the one who agreed with everything my youngest sister said. And my sister who wrote this is 10 years old.

I'm pretty sure I'm solid with my opinions. But I do know i have a hard time carrying intelligent conversations with people, or conversations at all. I think I get too defensive or something or end them because I get nervous. That would be my only guess of why I'd be perceived like this. Why else would I get this impression, and how can I change it? it really bothers me.
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